The palace made of salt, Bolivia
The hotel Palacio de Sal, in Bolivia, truly lives up to its name, being constructed, literally, of salt. Located in Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world, the Sal Palace is itself a tourist destination.
The decision to use salt as a building material had as a backdrop the scarcity of other resources in the region. Thus, salt blocks are practical and a natural building material used to build the floors, walls, ceilings and even bedroom furniture.
Built in 2007, the Sun Palace receives tourists en route to the Andes. The hotel is arranged as a palace, with large common rooms, a bar, restaurant and spa, 16 private rooms and bathrooms that look like igloos.
Before the Sal Palace, another hotel was built in the Salar de Uyuni in the 1990s. However, it was eventually closed – and presumably destroyed – due to problems related to basic sanitation and waste management in the desert.
This hotel, however, has all these issues resolved and only asks guests to follow a rule: it is forbidden to lick the walls, not to affect the integrity of its structure.